What kind of pet to have for your child?
Sooner or later the kid comes in with walks and tells mom or dad, a hamster, a Guinea pig, turtle or any other animal he had seen in the courtyard of Tanya, Masha etc. With pleading eyes straight into the soul, and the voice of hope: “let’s buy the same”. Not every parent is willing to share their homes with any hamster or a parrot, but if he were Pets, he must sooner or later consider buying a friend for your child. What Pets for children is preferable?
The role of pet in the baby’s life
I must say that a pet can become not only a companion for games, but the creature that the child will seek comfort and protection and through whom he will learn compassion, responsibility and understanding. And one can say that the most crucial factor: in households where a child is ill, especially mental illness, the pet may become component of your therapy. Doctors have repeatedly observed in my practice cases when a cat or dog significantly improved the condition of children with down syndrome and autistic children.
Hippotherapy today shows significant progress in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Dolphins and other marine zhivotyagin to adjust the condition of children with severe nerve ailments. Closed children, going on bad contact with peers, raise their self-esteem and become more confident, caring for a little pet in need of assistance. Animal like takes on the role of mediator between the world and the baby. Through it he establishes contact with the social environment, learns to take responsibility for their words and mistakes, to understand that everyone in this life there are obligations that must be performed.
Even a healthy child is communication with shaggy and not very pet will benefit simply because watching him and his habits, he rejoices and laughs. The mood is increased due to production of hormones of pleasure, which, in turn, create a fertile soil for stimulating activity of the brain. And for immunity presence in the house a pet helpful. Scientists have found that in families where the lives of four-legged pet, children are less likely to suffer colds and other diseases, because it increases their immune protection. So the positive impact of Pets on children obviously, but here arises a reasonable question: “Whom to choose and to take home?”
The first thing to take into account the age of the child, his character, habits, and of course, desire. I must say that until the baby has reached the age of 3-4 years, no animal plant is not recommended. He’s still small enough to understand that it is a living being with its own desires and needs, and otherwise as a toy it will not be taken. And it is fraught with trauma, bites, and other unpleasant consequences. It is better to wait until the child consciously come to the decision that he needs a friend, and feasible to care for it. For example, pour some water in a drinking bowl or a parrot to wipe the outer wall of the aquarium and provide food for its inhabitants.
Gathered at a family Council to discuss what, who better to make and what responsibilities for care of the pet will be unique to each family member. If someone has an Allergy to wool or feathers, buy fluffy pet should be abandoned. Today, especially for Allergy sufferers scientists have bred a new breed of cats, dogs and Guinea pigs do not have fur. Can be an option. You should consider whether pull family maintenance in a purely material point of view. Because four-legged friend need to buy a house, a litter or a cage, food, tray, litter and other things, not to mention the fact that it will have to cure when sick, and vaccination.
Whom to prefer
Sometimes adults themselves cannot evaluate all the consequences of the adoption of pet into the family. Be aware that parrots Wake up early and accompany this process with a loud cry. Canaries can sing all day, and if the baby spends a lot of time at home and sleeps during the day, then this option may be unacceptable. Generally in a one-room small apartments the neighborhood with a cat, dog or parrot can bring a lot of trouble and become, in fact, impossible. Especially if homemade light sleeper at night, but close a cat or dog in another room is impossible. But it must be remembered that the cat, for example, is a night predator, and can go about their usual business at 5 a.m. when everyone is asleep.
In this case it is better to have a hamster or a Guinea pig. Both only need a spacious cage and nothing more, although Guinea pigs is recommended from time to time to release into the wild to frolic and stretched his legs. Hamsters will teach kids order, because it is a very clean animals, all of which are distributed in its place, although this does not prevent them to emit a noticeable odor, and this should be considered. Guinea pigs and rabbits are very pretty creatures, not a lot of trouble to their owners, not spoil the furniture and do not require expensive feed and litter.
Freshwater and reptiles will appreciate the calm older children, who will be able to participate in the organization of the house, for turtle, and aquarium design, deciding which fish and vegetation to choose and so on. However, a good aquarium is expensive, and all accessories of aquarium. Perfect for each child is a dog. Loyal, friendly and active, and that any psychologist will confirm. But in the house to take it dare not everyone, especially in an apartment. Here we must consider the breed of animal and the age of the baby, because these Pets will need grooming and care.
The nuances of relationships between children and animals
After making your selection, you need to peruse the mountain of information about the rules of care and maintenance pet. The kid should know, what not to assume in relation to four-legged friend in any case, for example, not to take food from dogs and not to pull the cat’s tail, so as not to be bitten, scratched, etc. safety first and foremost. Choosing a dog breed, you need to opt for one that is focused on children, e.g. Labrador, border collie, Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund.
The kid should know, how many times a day to feed an animal and how to remove and clean the tray. And most importantly, he must understand that with friendly respect and love any animal will respond in kind and become a true friend to the kid, so that and in sorrow and joy.